Los Angeles, California
Pueblo del Sol
Pueblo del Sol is a HOPE VI mixed-income development located in the historically low-income community of Boyle Heights on the east side of the City of Los Angeles. Urban Strategies operates the Community Service Center and provides a variety of much needed community support services to residents of Pueblo del Sol and the surrounding community, serving over 2,500 children, youth, and adults per year.
Urban Strategies is currently coordinating CSS programs for three HOPE VI developments in Memphis in collaboration with Memphis Housing Authority (MHA) and lead funder Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM). Urban Strategies oversees Memphis HOPE, a local public-private partnership that provides comprehensive, personalized case management and service linkages for families who lived in these select public housing developments prior to the revitalization of those properties. Through Memphis HOPE, Urban Strategies coordinates a diverse partnership network of service providers to provide comprehensive services for families. In addition to the three CSS Programs, Urban Strategies and Memphis HOPE are also responsible for implementing the MHA’s ROSS program.
Through the partnership with MHA, WFGM and Memphis HOPE, significant economies of scale and sharing of expertise have been achieved by consolidating operational and staff resources. As result, MHA has made the momentous decision to use the Urban Strategies Memphis HOPE integrated service connection approach as the vehicle for future service delivery to all public housing and Housing Choice Voucher residents in the City.
In 2002, the Legacy Management development team engaged Urban Strategies to support the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority’s (MPHA) efforts in locating the 378 families forced to leave a set of housing developments on the near Northside of Minneapolis as a result of a court settlement-the Holman Consent Decree, which ordered the Authority to replace the dilapidated public housing with new mixed income housing. Urban Strategies, in partnership with the MPHA conducted an outreach effort (in four different languages to accommodate the ethnically diverse population) that included city wide mailings, radio outreach, newspaper advertisements, coordination with local social service agencies and faith based groups. Urban Strategies was able to successfully locate all 378 families, some of whom had moved as far away as Alaska and California. Of the 378 affected families, 174 stated an interest in returning to the new Heritage Park mixed-income housing neighborhood.Urban Strategies also provided technical assistance to the Minneapolis Pubic Housing Authority in developing partnerships to support innovative programming for seniors, developing best practices and with reporting requirements.
Urban Strategies currently provides ongoing post-revitalization support at Heritage Park, assisting families with critical supports, building partnerships and service linkages, and supporting the Heritage Park Neighborhood Association.
Northpark at Scott Carver
In 2008 Urban Strategies was engaged to create a community and supportive services work plan for the residents of the former Scott and Carver Homes, two adjacent public housing developments in Miami’s Liberty City community that were targeted for revitalization in 1999. Through its work, Urban Strategies worked to engage the more than 1,000 households that were relocated from the sites as plans for new housing proceeded. Urban Strategies currently leads the effort to employ a community plan with a collaborative group of service partners that provide the critical programs and resources necessary to ensure a healthy, strong and secure community.
New Orleans, Louisiana
In August 2007, Urban Strategies initiated comprehensive case management and supportive services targeting families from the C.J. Peete public housing development that were involuntarily displaced throughout Louisiana and neighboring cities by Hurricane Katrina. Urban Strategies launched an intense search effort in January 2008 to locate and serve 551 low-income families that faced numerous hardships that were exacerbated by their circumstances following their displacement. Currently, Urban Strategies has located 85% of affected families and provides intensive case management and coordination of workforce development, education, youth development, healthcare and other supportive services.
In 2011, Urban Strategies was part of a team that was awarded a Choice Neighborhood grant in the city of New Orleans for the Iberville/Treme neighborhood. This historic neighborhood is deeply rooted in African-American culture, but is in incredible disarray and riddled with poverty and crime, which only worsened in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2006.
Urban Strategies is working diligently with the Housing Authority of New Orleans, HRI Properties, McCormack Baron, the City of New Orleans, and other critical stakeholders to transform the already culturally vibrant community into an economically vibrant one. Urban Strategies has worked with residents to form a resident working team; together, Urban Strategies and the Iberville Resident Working Team (IRWT) empower residents to set goals, and give residents the tools and resources necessary to achieve these goals.
San Francisco, California
Urban Strategies is the lead for People Implementation under the Choice grant award which provides $4.5 million by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide community and human supportive services to the Alice Griffith public housing development in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco, as part of the overall revitalization of the area into a mixed-income community that is economically and socially viable. Urban Strategies is working with the City of San Francisco, the San Francisco Housing Authority, McCormack Baron, and other community stakeholders to spearhead case management services for residents, including educational training, job training and job creation, and other services necessary to support residents’ efforts in achieving self-sufficiency.
St. Louis, Missouri
Arthur A. Blumeyer at 3501 Franklin Ave / North Sarah
Through a partnership with the St. Louis Housing Authority, McCormack Baron Salazar, Urban Strategies, and the Blumeyer Tenant Association (BVTA), St. Louis was awarded $7,829,750 from HUD to demolish its last remaining public housing high rise in 2011. The 143-unit development at 3501 Franklin Avenue currently houses 137 families, a large percentage of them headed by young women. The HOPE VI revitalization of the Blumeyer Family public housing high rise, 3501 Franklin (3501), represents the final stage in the transformation of the Arthur A. Blumeyer public housing site, most of which was rebuilt from 2001 to 2005 as the Renaissance Place community was developed.
The families at 3501 Franklin will have priority to move to the new North Sarah community, a new 231-unit mixed-income development. The Blumeyer site will be redeveloped into a community park that serves the families of the adjacent neighborhood, Renaissance Place at Grand.
Urban Strategies, in partnership with the St. Louis Housing Authority and the Blumeyer Village Tenant Association, continues to conduct outreach and resident engagement, and case management to the Blumeyer and North Sarah families through a comprehensive Community and Supportive Services (CSS) Program.
The Arlington Grove community is newly constructed mixed-income community located on the near north side of St. Louis. The development features 112-units of mixed income rental single and multi-family units, including the complete renovation of the historic Arlington School into residential units. Urban Strategies currently provides post-revitalization support for Arlington Grove families, linking them to critical supports and to local programs and services.
Renaissance Place at Grand (formerly the Blumeyer Public Housing Development)
In 2001, the St. Louis Housing Authority (SLHA) designated McCormack Baron Salazar as master developer with Urban Strategies as sub-contractor responsible for all CSS activities under a $35 million HOPE VI revitalization program. Urban Strategies coordinated the CSS Program, case management, and resource development for programming under the project. The CSS program engaged a diverse set of partners to serve former Blumeyer families and new residents. Urban Strategies leveraged over $4 million in services and construction of a community center. Urban Strategies continues to employ a full-time Community Activities Coordinator who coordinates on-site services and provides ongoing support of the partnerships that were developed under the CSS Program.
COVAM (Carr Square, O’Fallon Place, Vaughn Residences at Murphy Park)
The COVAM neighborhood is composed of a cluster of mixed-income affordable housing developments in the 5th Ward of St. Louis City. These sites collectively house over 1,400 households, including 110 units of seniors at the Cahill House.
The COVAM neighborhood will soon be home of the I. Jerome Flance Center at Murphy Park, a new, state-of-the-art early childhood education and training center currently under development. In collaboration with the St. Louis Housing Authority, the University City Children’s Center, McCormack Baron Salazar, and a wide range of other local stakeholders, Urban Strategies will assist in developing programming for the Center which will blend intensive, child-focused, center-based education with strong family support and home visitation programs. The Flance Center will create more than 100 seats of sorely needed, high-quality early education in the neighborhood, and will also serve as a hub of support and resources for existing daycare centers and family child care providers.